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Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
Ranked #18 of 175 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Beijing, China
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“Reasonable Hotel”
Reviewed January 5, 2008

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights in December 2007 while hosting some overseas clients. In the past we typically take such clients to the Intercontinental or Marriot, both near Circular Quay, and on this occasion decided to try the Amora, being a 5 star rated hotel in a similar vicinity.

Arriving at the hotel in our car, the Valet service was prompt, friendly and efficient. Check in was also quick, as we had to check in both for our room and for a conference room (Jamieson Club Boardroom) that we had booked for the afternoon, which was on the 31st floor.

Room: The room was very comfortable, the bathroom including both a bath and a shower. The room was very clean, no signs of dust. As mentioned in previous reviews, the television was in a very strange location (in a cupboard at 90 degrees to the bed), and was and old CRT style unit.

Conference Room: The conference room for 8 people (AU$550 for 6 hours) was a letdown. On the 31st floor, it had views of the adjacent buildings and a few glimpses of the water. The decor was dated, as was the furniture, which was looking tired. During the afternoon a number of flies were buzzing around the room, and I called reception to get them to send up some fly spray. I was advised that an engineer would be sent up immediately. 3 hours later when we left the boardroom for the day, nothing had been sent up. I complained to the reception staff who apoligised, I know this is not their fault however it represented a poor system for dealing with small issues at the hotel.

Location: The location is good, but not 'prime' like many of the other hotels in the area. Several of the taxi drivers we used during the stay did not know where it was located, and we had to give directions. The walk to Circular Quay is short, but the hotel does not stand out as a 'landmark' like several of the others in the area.

Dining: We dined out both nights, at Doyles at Circular Quay on Sat night and at Sydney Tower on Sunday night. We ordered lunch through room service to the board room during our meeting and it was prompt and delicious.

Concierge: The booking at Doyles and a booking for a harbour cruise were handled efficiently through the concierge. On the last day I left my luggage with the concierge and it was also managed efficiently.

Price: We paid AU$230 for the Saturday night and AU$205 for the Sunday night, so both nights represented a saving of between AU$60 and AU$100 compared to several nearby 5 star hotels. Valet parking at AU$45 per night was steep compared to others we have stayed at.

Lobby / Lifts etc: The lobby was beautifully presented. To use the lifts, each person has to use their key to activate their floor. When the lifts are busy this is an unwanted imposition, as there is only one card reader in each lift, and they did not operate repeatably (with 10 people in the lift all trying 2-3 times to swipe their cards, this is a long process). We stayed in room 911, and when the lifts were busy often I had passed this floor before being able to access the reader and get it to work, which was an inconvenience. I have stayed in other hotels with similar systems but there have always been multiple readers and they have worked flawlessly.

Overall impression: The hotel tries hard to be 5 star but seemed a bit rough around the edges compared to the Intercontinental and the Marriot, but then again comes at a lower price. For important overseas clients, I would book them in at these other hotels in future before the Amora. I felt it was good value, and if it was just my wife and I travelling, I would stay here again.

  • Liked — Comfortable Room
  • Disliked — Issues with insects in conference room, lifts
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 20, 2007

The Jamison is in a wonderful location and we were able to easily walk to shops, Rocks and Darling Harbour including at night to dinner!
The room was lovely (corner suite) although we only had one wall of windows, whilst our other 2 friends that had corner suits had 2 walls with windows (not a major just unexpected).
The bed.....Like other reviews it would have to be the most comfortable sleep we have had in a hotel without exception! Some hotel beds are SO hard, but this was just divine - no bad backs either!
The bathroom is exceptional - large and roomy with a fabulous view from the large freestanding bath.
We didnt have a great room service breakfast experience - things were cold, drinks and cutlery missing and having to eat one meal with a spoon as it didnt arrive in time! Seemed like communication was a bit of an issue although everything did arrive eventually!

The concierge and desk staff were really friendly and helpful face to face but it didnt seem to matter what request we had i.e pre-ordering taxi's etc nothing was right! Not one taxi we pre-ordered arrived and our taxi order was given to other patrons and vice versa! A shame as it tainted an otherwise perfect stay.

We would still however stay at the hotel as overall we had a great stay.

  • Liked — The Bed
  • Disliked — room service breakfast
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank AucklandTorro
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2007

After reading through the various reviews on this website, we chose the Amora due to its location. 15min walk from Darling Harbour, less than 5mins to the Coathanger (bridge) and about 10mins to the Opera House. I wish I hadn't taken as many clothes, as the shopping around this area is also great.

You're in the business district area, but the transport is excellent and the buses will take you directly to Bondi beach or to the suburbs.

Back to the hotel, the views from the 30-somethingth floor were great, and you've got a huge window seal to sit on and admire the view. The bathroom is excellent, wetroom style shower and the bed was very comfortable and big!

Staff polite, helpful and knowledgable, booked the Blue Mountain tour from within the hotel which is a must.

We stayed for a week over xmas and were delighted with our choice of hotel.

Tom & Natalie

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Pool
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank tompsmith
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Derbyshire
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Reviewed December 12, 2007

Myself and husband arrived 26th November to celebrate my husbands 60th birthday, we stayed on the 33rd floor and had a wonderful room fantastic bathroom with lovely views of Farm Cove. We were upgraded and had the opportunity of having breakfast and drinks in the Jamison Club Lounge which was wonderful, the staff in the club lounge were excellant especially Summer, she could not be more helpful. Equally the staff on the front desk, porters and cleaning staff always had a smile, the hospitality was excellant. The hotel was in a good position for the Rocks area and Circular Quays and about a 15 minute walk to Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour, we would most positively return to this hotel it was first class.

  • Liked — The friendliness location
  • Disliked — There was nothing we didn't like
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Croft24
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Denver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 9, 2007

Great hotel in the Sydney CBD. My wife and I stayed in a Jamison Club room on the 34th Floor. Jamison Club well worth it, great breakfasts every morning and wine/champagne in the afternoon. Staff very friendly. Very close to Circular Quay and the Rocks. Great bed and nice large bathroom

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank snuffdragon
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Glasgow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2007

My friend and I booked a deluxe room for 5 nights. Luckily, we received a free upgrade to a Club Jamison room. Staying in this room entitled us to a complimentary breakfast at the Club room and free wine and canapes in the evening.
The hotel is in a great area - 5 minutes walk to Ciruclar Quay, The Rocks and Darling Harbour just a bit further. The food in the main restuarant, the Charr, was excellent - we had a wonderful sirloin steak for around $30 and top service from all the staff.
The concierge staff have a nice touch of opening the main hotel doors for you arriving and leaving.
The hotel has an indoor pool, jacuzzi and spa - heavenly after a day of walking around town and again lovely views over the city.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to be near the shops and main tourist areas.

  • Liked — Clean and boutique style chic
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
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2 Thank AussieChicGlasgow
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Canberra
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2007

We stayed in Oct 2007. We chose a weekend package which was excellent value- room with water views, seafood buffet and club breakfast. The food at dinner and breakfast was really amazing. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this hotel to others.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Stacey L
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Property: Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
Address: 11 Jamison Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #18 of 175 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney 5*
Number of rooms: 415
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As one of the Sydney's well kept secrets, Amora Hotel Jamison is quite simply the place to be. Whether you are staying in one of our Newly Refurbished Deluxe Rooms or Suites, attending a Conference or Gala Dinner, unwinding at Amora Day Spa, enjoying Spanish cuisine in CHARR Restaurant or indulging in our Afternoon Tea in GALLERY Lounge Bar, you will experience genuine traditional personalised service. Superbly located above Wynyard Station between George and York Street, within walking distance to all major iconic attractions, Amora Hotel Jamison is renowned for spacious and elegance. ... more   less 
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